CALLED TO BE AMISH
Marlene C. Miller
Paperback, 256 Pages
February 2015 by Hearld Pr
Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them.
In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.
Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.
Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman.
I have always been interested in the Amish/Mennonite lifestyle and was excited to get the chance to read Marlene’s memoir.
I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful stories the author shared and especially enjoyed the journal entires!
Though the story does give mostly a lot of background on her life before the Amish life, I enjoyed reading about her journey and all of the hardships, adjustments, sacrifices and changes that took place.
We all have a story to tell and Im so glad Marlene shared hers. It really encouraged me to be more resolved in my own faith, no matter what may come.
MARLENE C. MILLER: joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.